Severe weather to impact Atmore area Tuesday night, Wednesday morning

Published 11:17 am Monday, January 23, 2023

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Severe weather is forecasted to impact the Atmore area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, according to officials.

Escambia County EMA Director David Adams said the National Weather Service forecasted that confidence is continuing to increase for a multi-hazard impactful event tomorrow night into Wednesday morning.

Adams said the impacts include the potential for strong to severe storms capable of damaging winds and tornadoes, high winds in excess of 50 miles per hour (mph), high surf and rip currents and minor coastal flooding.

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A breakdown of the severe weather is below:

WHAT:  Severe storms capable of producing damaging winds up to 70 mph and tornadoes. A couple tornadoes could be strong.

WHEN:  Late Tuesday evening into early Wednesday morning, potentially ending before 6 a.m. Areas west of Interstate 65 will likely see storms prior to midnight and areas east of I-65 will likely see storms after midnight.

WHERE: Across the entire area.

CONFIDENCE:  Confidence is slowly increasing for an impactful event.

High Winds

WHAT: Strong winds sustained around 40 mph with gusts of 50 to 55 mph.

WHEN: Late Tuesday evening into Early Wednesday Morning

WHERE: Across the entire area. Highest winds will likely be west of I-65.


Other Potential Hazards:

High surf/High Rip Currents: Surf heights will increase to 8 to 10 feet Tuesday evening then diminish during the day on Wednesday for all area beaches.  A high risk of rip currents currently in effect runs through mid-week.

Coastal Flooding: Strong southerly winds may lead to coastal flooding along low lying barrier islands and areas of Mobile Bay Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Marine Impacts: A Gale Watch is in effect for the potential of gale force winds with gusts up to 45 knots. Seas will quickly climb to 8 to 10 feet offshore with 2 to 4 feet within the bays and sounds.